Relocation site beneficiaries to get land title

Bacolod City Councilor Vladimir Gonzales, chairperson of the City Council committee on urban poor, housing, and resettlement, conducts a consultation meeting with the representatives of informal settlers at the Bacolod City Government Center (BCGC) MassKara Hall on Friday, October 13. (Merlinda Pedrosa photo)
Bacolod City Councilor Vladimir Gonzales, chairperson of the City Council committee on urban poor, housing, and resettlement, conducts a consultation meeting with the representatives of informal settlers at the Bacolod City Government Center (BCGC) MassKara Hall on Friday, October 13. (Merlinda Pedrosa photo)

THE City Government of Bacolod is now facilitating the land title for the informal settlers who were already transferred to the city's relocation sites, Councilor Vladimir Gonzales, chairperson of the City Council committee on urban poor, housing, and resettlement, said Friday, October 13.

Gonzales, who held a consultation meeting with the representatives of informal settlers at the Bacolod City Government Center (BCGC) MassKara Hall Friday, said the consultation meeting was attended by representatives from the relocation sites at Barangays Handumanan, Vista Alegre, and Estefania.

"We want to get their side on how much they can afford to pay for their lot so they can have their land title," he said.

He added that at least 10,000 residents from various relocation sites still failed to process their land titles. They have been occupying the lot for almost 20 years.

Gonzales noted that some of the relocation site beneficiaries had already sold their rights to the new occupants.

"The new occupants were also interested in owning the lot, so we will recognize them as the new awardee," Gonzales said.

He said they already amended City Ordinance 269, or the Homelot Ordinance of Bacolod City.

He added that based on their consultation, the majority of the beneficiaries agreed to pay P20 a day or at least P600 a month through Bacolod Housing Authority (BHA) and Pag-Ibig.

Gonzales stressed that it's the target of Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez to provide a land title to the relocation site beneficiaries.

"We have a housing project, and we want all the beneficiaries to have their land title for their own security," he said.

He added that he will make a committee report so they can conduct a public hearing.

Ernie Pineda, a homeowner in Fortune Town, Barangay Estefania, said the resettlement area should be given to the indigents at a low price, or they will be assisted in getting a land title.

"They are required to pay the lot, but it should be at a low price so that they can afford it," he said.

He added that the P600 per month is still a big amount for the beneficiaries, and they cannot afford to pay.

Pineda said the city should make a low computation that is affordable to the beneficiaries.

"They should make it below P20 a day to ensure that they can pay," he said.*

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